Maria: A lot of people didn't realize that I acted before I did anything else. I was living in Boston, so there wasn't very much I could do in the Hollywood arena. My parents were really against it. And that's how I ended up getting into television and broadcasting, because my parents wouldn't allow acting. So most of my acting experience came in college when I was living away from them. I acted in various independent films, and I got some commercial work and stuff like that.